Eve Arden Biography

Birthday: 1908-04-30
Place of Birth: Mill Valley, California
Height: 5' 7½" (1.71 m)
Wiki Biography: Eve was born just north of San Francisco in Mill Valley and was interested in show business from an early age. At 16, she made her stage debut after quitting school to joined a stock company. After appearing in minor roles in two films under her real name, Eunice Quedens, she found that the stage offered her the same minor roles. By the mid 30s, one of these minor roles would attract notice as a comedy sketch in the stage play "Ziegfeld Folies". By that time, she had changed her name to Eve Arden. In 1937, she attracted some attention with a small role in Oh, Doctor (1937) which led to her being cast in a minor role in the film Stage Door (1937). By the time the film was finished, her part had expanded into the wise-cracking, fast-talking friend to the lead. She would play virtually the character for most of her career. While her sophisticated wise-cracking would never make her the lead, she would be a busy actress in dozens of movies over the next dozen years. In At the Circus (1939), she was the acrobatic Peerless Pauline opposite Groucho Marx and the Russian sharp shooter in the comedy The Doughgirls (1944). For her role as Ida in Mildred Pierce (1945), she received an Academy Award nomination. Famous for her quick ripostes, this led to work in Radio during the 40s. In 1948, CBS Radio premiered "Our Miss Brooks", which would be the perfect show for her character. As her film career began to slow, CBS would take the popular radio show to television in 1952. The television series "Our Miss Brooks" (1952) would run through 1956 and led to he movie Our Miss Brooks (1956). When the show ended, she tried another television series, "The Eve Arden Show" (1957), but it was soon canceled. In the 60s, Eve raised a family and did a few guest roles, until her come-back television series "The Mothers-In-Law" (1967). This show, co-starring Kaye Ballard ran for two seasons. After that, she would make more unsold pilots, a couple of television movies and a few guest shots. She returned in occasional cameo appearances including the Principal McGee in Grease (1978), and Warden June in Pandemonium (1982), showing that she still had the wise-cracks and screen presence to bring back the fond memories of Miss Connie Brooks.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Our Miss Brooks Connie Brooks 1952 Comedy
The Eve Arden Show Liza Hammond 1957 Comedy
The Mothers In Law Eve Hubbard 1967 Comedy
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak 1972 Comedy
Jedwards Big Adventure Ida Corwin 2011 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Oh Doctor! Shirley Truman 1917
Having Wonderful Time 1938 Comedy, Romance
At the Circus 1939 0
Eternally Yours 1940 Comedy, Drama
Comrade X 1940 Comedy, Drama
That Uncertain Feeling 1941 Comedy
Ziegfeld Girl 1941 Drama, Musical, Romance
Manpower 1941 Drama
Hit Parade of 1943
Cover Girl 1944 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Night and Day Gabrielle 1946
The Kid from Brooklyn Ann Westley 1946 0
My Reputation 1946 Drama, Romance
The Unfaithful 1947 Drama
One Touch of Venus Molly Stewart 1948
My Dream Is Yours 1949 0, 0
The Lady Takes a Sailor Susan Wayne 1949
Tea for Two Pauline Hastings 1950 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Goodbye, My Fancy 1951 Comedy, Romance
Our Miss Brooks Connie Brooks 1952 Comedy, Family
Anatomy of a Murder Maida Rutledge 1959 Comedy, 0
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs 1960 Drama
The Strongest Man in the World 1975 0, 0
Grease Principal McGee 1978 Biography, 0
Under the Rainbow 1981
The Dream Merchants 1981 Drama
Grease 2 Principal McGee 1982 Biography, 0, 0, 0